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The New Spectacles

Well, Emily and I made a little trip to Claire's today so she could pick out some glasses. She had never been in Claire's and there was lots of very dramatic gasping coming from the child. It was really funny. It was as if she had never been out before. She had a wonderful time. She picked at least 20 items that she said she wanted for Christmas.....she is thinking ahead.
I actually think she likes the glasses holder better than the glasses. We shall see how long these glasses last. I think the new may wear off very quickly!
I began wearing glasses right when I turned four. My mother said I never tried to take them off and I never complained about them. Children at school often asked me if I had to sleep in my glasses. Funny!

Doctor Visits

Last Friday I took Emily to the Pediatric Dentist to get her cavity filled. She behaved WONDERFULLY!!!!!! I had really been anxious about how the appointment would go. I was completely miserable after they gave her a shot in her mouth because they put a cotton stick in her mouth for her to bite on. The reason I was miserable was because I was afraid she would choke on it. I call it a cotton stick, but I know there is a real name for it. It was about an inch long and about the size of a thick pencil. At first, she just bit down on it and I was not too worried. As her mouth got numb, she began chewing on it like a cow chewing a cud. She was lying flat on her back. I could just see the cotton going down her throat and choking her to death. The nurse told me they give them to kids so that they will not bite their tongue or mouth once it becomes numb. I thought to myself,"what would be better for her to choke or to bite her tongue or mouth?" I asked the nurse if any…

Enchiladas Anyone?

I got this recipe several years ago from my friend Melinda. We were helping with a baby shower and several of us were asked to bring this recipe for enchiladas. I made them and I was hooked. I love to make this for dinner guest.

I make this recipe using chicken most of the time, but I have also done it with hamburger meat and with boiled shrimp. They are all good. My favorite is the shrimp. You could just fill them with shredded cheese and use no meat at all.

3 chicken breasts-boil and shred or chop them.
Then mix the following ingredients in a large sauce pan:

1 lb sharp cheddar cheese shredded
1 can cream of mushroom soup
3 cans cream of chicken soup
8 oz. sour cream
3 Tbs salsa
1 can chopped green chilis
garlic salt and pepper to taste

Just warm all this. DO NOT let it boil.
Use a large baking dish (9x13) sprayed with cooking spray. Fill about 8 flour tortillas with chicken first and then sauce mixture. You will have LOTS of sauce left over. Pour all of this over the tortillas and ba…

Things Eternal

I had a wonderful, relaxing and fun weekend with a college friend of mine. I met Kim at Ouachita Baptist University during my sophomore year. We got to know each other when she saw me struggling to get into a tiny parking place at the dorm after a tennis class and she parked the car for me. We got to know each other better after that day. Kim is soooooo sooooooo funny. I tell her all the time that she should be a comedian. She is one of those people that everything that comes out of her mouth is funny. She gives me a hard time and I love every minute of it!
Kim is a therapist and my personal, free counselor. She also has taken care of foster children for the past two and half years.
I worked really hard last week to get the house looking nice for Kim and her foster baby to come visit. I worked hard to pick up the toys and get the floor clean and shining. On Thursday night, Emily was upstairs with me in the room Kim was going to sleep in. Emily peed on the floor outside the b…

Show Us Your Life-Singles

I know Kelly already featured Kim as one of her single friends and everybody that looks at my blog comes here from Kelly's Korner. But, I had to share my friend Kim with you!!!!!!!!
I have said before that it is the 8th Wonder of the World why Kim has never been married. I DON'T KNOW! But, God knows and He always has a perfect plan with perfect timing.
I met Kim probably 10 years ago or more when I was involved in a college Bible study. I just clicked with her! Kim is SOOOO funny and easy to be around. She is very down to earth. She teaches high school and her kids LOVE her! I see this when we go out to eat and kids always come to the table to talk to her! Kim loves her job! She truly cares about her students! My girls LOVE Kim too. She is always so good with them.
Kim is from a wonderful, loving Christian family. She loves God and she seeks to know Him better. She is always studying God's Word. Kim has her priorities straight! Kim would be a wonderful wife and mother. S…

Our Goings On

We went out early this morning to play in the beautiful snow.

We had spaghetti for lunch. Check out the ballet outfit and the face. She also ate blueberries for dessert. Thank goodness for Oxyclean.
Sarah Kate fixed ice water for herself and Emily at lunch. I heard Sarah Kate say, " I don't wanna use that cup, it's angry!"

Thank You Thank You Thank You to all of you who took the time to read my blog and tell me about jeans that might work for me! You have given me great direction! I am glad to know I don't have to go around like this forever.
We have beautiful snow at our house today! I put the girls in mismatched WARM clothes and we went out. I wore my pink robe with a ski jacket over it. YES I DID! I could have stayed for hours because I was so warm. I am sure that no one saw me because we stayed in the backyard.

Outfit of the Week

Well, Sarah Kate has moved from being addicted to the moneky shirt to this ballet costume. She has not mentioned the monkey shirt since Saturday. I am thinking this ballet attire could be much worse. She could actually wear the monkey shirt out, but not so much this ballet costume, especially when it is 32 degrees outside. My grandmother made this for me when I was three years old for a preschool performance.
Sarah Kate loves watching her Barbie Nutcracker movie. She wants it on ALL THE TIME (the movie and the costume). She calls herself Clara.
The shoes were Emily's when she took dance. This is the outfit of the week and it is a struggle to get her to wear anything else. I took this picture of her around 6:45 this morning. She put it on the second I got her out of bed.


I need some help on something................
I am tired of low-rise jeans. I can't seem to get away from them. I bought a pair of jeans Sunday at T.J. Maxx and I was sooooo happy because I thought the…

The Text

I have told you before that I am not much into texting. I average getting about two text a week. On a good day, I text people back. My phone is VERY basic and does not do anything fancy at all. Yesterday afternoon I had my phone sitting on the end table in the living room. Kristen was sleeping on the arm of the couch next to the phone. I was in the bedroom when I heard a "BEEP BEEP." I was so excited, I had gotten a text. Kristen nearly had a heart attack because she was so scared by the sound of my phone.
I leaped into the living room to see who the text was from. It was from Steve. His number appeared on the top of the screen. This is what it read:

"Spending the night with the Stamps, I will talk to you tomorrow"

I was thinking...WHAT IN THE WORLD????????????? Steve has NEVER even sent me a text and he is very very serious when he is at work. He is all business there and does not call me from work all that often. I was stumped at why he would be sendi…

Clothes That May Kill Us

See this shirt. I call it the monkey shirt. This monkey shirt might be the death of me. Sarah Kate has gone bananas over this shirt. She wants to wear it every day! It has caused much screaming and crying in this house. I got these shirts for both girls in September. I don't know what happened, but on New Year's day, Sarah Kate decided it was the only article of clothing she could wear. I can't and I don't let her wear it everyday and it has caused us to be late to every place we go because Sarah Kate is having fits over wanting to wear the monkey shirt. I am about ready to throw both shirts in the trash. ha!
Happy as a lark! Pink gum in her mouth and wearing the monkey shirt!
These robes may be the death of Steve. About four years ago his mom gave me this pink robe. I LOVE IT! I wear it night and day, Summer and Winter. Steve has always hated it!!!!! He says that it reminds him of an old woman smoking a cigarette. This robe makes him cringe. His robe ni…

Frogmore Stew

Frogmore Stew. I know that is not a very appetizing name for a recipe, but I did not come up with the name.
You may make Frogmore Stew at your house every week. This recipe may be old news to many of you, but I want to share a dish that Steve and I have often at our house.

I found this recipe in Southern Living magazine about 12 years ago and I fell in love with it.

1 lb raw shrimp
1 small bag of small red potatoes
6 small ears of corn
2 links of smoked sausage, sliced
Old Bay seasoning

Boil the potatoes until tender. Add sausage and corn. Lastly, add the raw shrimp. Then add as much Old Bay as you want. I put a lot. It give it such a wonderful flavor! Steve likes me to add butter, but I usually don't.

Here is another favorite treat of mine. Don't make fun till you try it! I LOVE to microwave my M and M's. I pour a small bag on a plate or in a bowl and microwave them for 3o seconds. They are soooooooo delicious. The candy shell pops in your mouth and that melted chocol…

My Worst Bird Fear

I have said before that I am terrified of birds. But, I have kinda gotten over being afraid of most birds EXCEPT blackbirds. I am terrified of them. I am more scared of them than I am snakes or rats or anything like that. It is my phobia.
I am sure you have heard about the 4ooo birds that fell from the sky on New Years Eve. I am sure you have heard that 1000 of those birds were in Beebe, Arkansas. I can't imagine anything worse. If I lived in Beebe, I would have had to leave town for several days and maybe even sell my house and move. I am that scared of blackbirds.
When I watch the story on the news, I have an increased heart rate, my body goes numb and my hands get ice cold. I read an article on the internet about it this morning and it made me shudder.
I am even more scared of dead blackbirds than I am living ones. I know...I am very weird. I guess I need to see a therapist.
When I was in Jr high, a BIG dead blackbird was on our youth group parking lot. My youth minist…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I have one New Years Resolution. I am going to compliment people more. Sometimes I am around a friend and I love their shirt, but I just never voice it. That is just one example. But, what I am saying is I want to say the things out loud that I think in my head. ( the good things, that is)

I am not one to spend a lot of money on Christmas decor. But, I splurged a bit today. Last night I went to Pottery Barn and saw these old-time Christmas plates for half off. I looked around the store and told myself I would come back tomorrow and if they were still there, I would buy them. I went back this afternoon and they had three boxes left. I felt a little bad about spending that much money on them.........half off was still high! But then I went to Williams Sonoma and saw a skillet that cost $250 dollars and then I did not feel so bad about my 8 plates for $40.

I also have a New Years tradition of buying a 12 month planner for half price. I always go on Jan 1st or 2n…